Always surrounded by controversy, The Game [click to read] made his big debut of LAX [click to read] at #2 this week. The former G-Unit member sold 238,000 copies of his highly anticipated album, and was beat out by a new release from Slipknot. Lil Wayne [click to read] takes the #6 spot this week, selling 54,000 more copies of his double platinum album Tha Carter III [click to read]. Looks like stardom runs in the Knowles family as Beyonce‘s little sister Solange debuts her sophomore effort Sol Angel &The Hadley St. Dreams at #9 this week with 46,200 copies sold. Rihanna‘s re-release of Good Girl Gone Bad holds down the #12 spot for the second week in a row with 37,300 copies sold. Ice Cube [click to read] rounds out the top 5 for Hip Hop and R&B at #14 with 30,300 copies sold of Raw Footage [click to read].

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total

The Game

LAX 238,382 239,154 

Lil Wayne

Tha Carter III

54,041 2,316,075


Sol Angel &The Hadley St. Dreams

46,281 46,305


Good Girl Gone Bad

37,345 1,713,350

Ice Cube

Raw Footage

30,337 100,104

Nas holds on to the #36 position with 12,200 copies of his Untitled [click to read] album sold this week, while Plies‘ [click to read] Definition of Real [click to read] takes #44 with 10,600 sold. M.I.A continues to see the effects of her “Paper Planes” and the numerous rappers jumping on the remix. Kala sold 9,200 copies and landed her the #48 spot. Rumor has it that since seeing her new popularity on the charts, M.I.A has begun to re-think her plans for an early retirement from music. David Banner [click to read] comes in at #51 selling 9,100 copies of Greatest Story Ever Told [click to read] while V.I.C debuted Beast [click to read] at #73 with just over 7,000 copies sold.

Other Notables

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total



12,274 362,525 


Definition of Real

10,615 480,253


Kala 9,237 292,278

David Banner

Greatest Story Ever Told

9,145 132,930



7,077 7,090

With new releases on the horizon form both veteran rapper LL Cool J and relative newcomer Young Jeezy, who will come out on top? Stay tuned as DX brings you the play by play.